Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

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Antique Tree Maps Show the State of American Forests in 1884

A set of 16 maps, commissioned by the United States Census and published in 1884 have been digitized by the David Rumsey Map Collection. The maps represent American forests by genus of tree, density, and position.

The maps were compiled at the direction of dendrologist and horticulturist Charles Sprague Sargent. Sargent, a Bostonian and officer in the Union Army, was a professor of horticulture and the first director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard.

Request for Proposal: NASF Forestry Performance Measures

National Association of State Foresters Forestry Performance Measures for the United States


Request for Proposals Date: January 19, 2015 | Proposal Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm EST, February 27, 2015

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is requesting proposals from qualified firms/consultants to develop a series of performance measures that each state can compile and report nationally to demonstrate the benefits of trees and forests to society.  

Goats Receive Special Snack of Donated Christmas Trees

If it takes a community to raise a kid, then Katie and Jennifer Barbeau are doing things right at the Mountain Girl Farm.

So much of the food their goats eat is donated by neighbors in north Adams, Mass. The most in season item on the menu is Christmas trees. The goats eat them clean from the needles to the trunk. 

"The other day we came in and we were like- what's all over their mouths? Their mouths were all sticky; it was the sap from Christmas trees." 

Wisconsin State of the Birds report highlights successes

The 2014 Wisconsin State of the Birds report highlights successful partnerships, conservation efforts and their positive impacts to bird species throughout the state.

The Wisconsin State of the Birds Report contains excerpts from the State of the Birds Report, which is a national overview of the conservation status of birds in the United States issued by the U.S. committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. It estimates population trends for birds grouped by broad habitat categories and shows how the trends have changed in recent years.

Learn About The Dark-Eyed Junco

What is the most common bird seen at bird feeders throughout North America in winter?

 If you guessed juncos, you're probably one of a large number of birders and bird feeder watchers who enjoy seeing this small visitor from the north make its annual winter visits to the Ozarks.

Fort Stewart Replaces Trees Honoring Fallen Soldiers

In the decade since this Army post in southeast Georgia began planting trees to honor each of its soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the living memorial known as Warriors Walk has become hallowed ground where friends and families remember the fallen and visiting dignitaries, including a president, come to pay respects.

A Look Back at 2014: 10 of Our Favorite Forest Photographs

With support from the NASF Foundation, Leslie Robertson of Illinois spent five weeks in the woods.

Robertson documented the theme "Working Forests Work" throughout California, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Minnesota. This unique project is an opportunity to help tell the story of America’s working forests through the professionals who work in them. We wanted to share 10 of our favorite photographs from our 2014 NASF Foundation photography fellow Leslie Robertson. 

Narrowing it down was not easy!

Hot Debate: Stack Firewood Bark Up or Bark Down?

When you stack firewood, do you store it bark-side up or down? It depends, say some experts.

If split wood is stored outdoors, stacking it with the bark side down can allow water to collect in the u-shaped trough. This moisture retention can prolong drying and accelerate decay, says Knaebe. Stacking it outdoors with the bark-side-up, on the other hand, can help protect the pile of wood below from rain and other weather.

Lava flow steams through lush forests in Hawaii

A lava flow is steaming through lush forests as it creeps across Hawaii's Big Island.

The U.S. Geological Survey has distributed a steady stream of images from the lava flow, including pictures of a breakout of lava near a ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site. The lava is burning thick vegetation in the area, and filling the air with smoke.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously for more than 31 years, but a flow started down a flank toward the northeast in June and is threatening the town of Pahoa.

Global importance of urban agriculture 'underestimated'

Urban agriculture is playing an increasingly important role in global food security, a study has suggested.

Researchers, using satellite data, found that agricultural activities within 20km of urban areas occupy an area equivalent to the 28-nation EU.

The international team of scientists says the results should challenge the focus on rural areas of agricultural research and development work.

The findings appear in the journal Environmental Research Letters.


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